Tour Summary: Explore majestic Waipio' Valley, the lush and tropical Hamakua Coast, and multiple stunning waterfalls on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii on this day full of fun and exciting adventure.
- Explore the legendary Waipi’o valley (and go down to the valley floor in a 4×4 van)
- Walk through a rainforest and discover the towering Akaka Falls that plummets into a stream-eroded gorge
- Swim or kayak at the 60-feet (20 meters) high private Kawainui Falls
- Discover native flora and fauna and learn about the legend and history of Hawaii from knowledgeable tour guides
- Visit a private tropical fruit farm to see and sample seasonal fruit, fresh macadamia nuts, and Hawaiian coffee
- This small-group tour limited to 13 people which ensures a more personalized experience
Important: Bring a swimsuit and towel for the waterfall swim and wear comfortable summer clothing. Covered walking shoes are recommended.
|(excluding booking fee)||$189||$169|
Tour Provider: Wasabi Tours
Tour start time: Between 6:30 am to 8 am depending on pickup location
Duration: 9 to10 hours
Departure from: Kailua Kona
Pick-up available? Yes! Pick up from all resorts and hotels in Keahou, Kona, Waikoloa, and Kohala area between 6:30 am to 8 am
Included: Bento lunch consisting of teriyaki chicken, fish, vegetables, and steamed rice with assorted juices, snacks, and bottled water. . All park entrance fees, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and rain gear.. Hotel pickup and drop-off.
Cancellations: Minimum 24 hours notice for groups of 1-5, 48 hours notice for groups of 6 or more, and 72 hour notice for private groups to receive a full refund.
You can read more about this activity in our Waipo Valley guide.
Explore the majestic Waipi’o Valley, the lush and tropical Hamakua Coast, and get to see multiple stunning waterfalls on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii on this full day of fun and exciting adventure. Discover the island’s diverse natural beauty, including multiple waterfalls, lush rain forests, and rugged sea cliffs as your guide shares history and legends.
After you pick up from hotels in the Kona and Kohala coast area we drive north to Waipi’o Valley while passing through Waimea and Parker Ranch. At the Waipi’o Valley overlook we change vehicle to a 4WD van and descend into the majestic valley over one of the steepest roads in the country!
Once down on the valley floor we traverse shallow river streams and pass by taro fields surrounded by native flora and fauna while our guide shares the stories and legends of this special place while you marvel at Hawaii Island’s tallest waterfall, Hi’ilawe Falls, which cascades down 1300 feet (400 meters) in the back of the valley. Marvel the rugged sea cliffs and mile long black sand beach as you head back to Waipio Valley lookout for the stunning views as you enjoy a gourmet lunch.
In the afternoon, we continue the drive down the scenic Hamakua Coast and visit the towering ‘Akaka Falls, which plummets 442 feet (130 meters) into a stream-eroded gorge. The short and easy hike to the falls takes you through a stunning tropical park so keep your camera ready!
If the weather permits it, you will get to swim or kayak under a private waterfall to cool down after a short hike. Finally, our guide will take you on a tour of a tropical fruit farm in Hilo as you sample seasonal fruit and fresh macadamia nuts at a private lookout overlooking world-famous Rainbow Falls.
The adventure ends with the return to Kona or Kohala Coast resorts via the scenic Saddle Road nestled between the world’s tallest sea mountain, Mauna Kea, and world’s most massive mountain, Mauna Loa.
Frequently asked questions about the Waipio Valley and Waterfalls tour:
Q: How much hiking do we do during the day?
A: There are some short and easy hikes of no more than 0.5 miles throughout the tour.
Q: Will we get to swim in the waterfalls?
A: Yes! Weather permitting you can swim at a private Kawainui waterfalls.
Q: How long do we spend in the Waipio Valley?
A: You will spend around 1.5-2 hours inside the valley. This includes a fun ride in a four wheel drive van down (and up) the extremely steep access road. Hold on to your seats!
Video showing tour highlights:
The following video shows selected tour highlights (Waipi’o Valley, the ‘Akaka Falls state park, and the Rainbow falls).
Wasabi Tours is a locally owned and operated company specialize in guided small group tours on the Big Island. Their multilingual guides (speaking English, Chinese, and Spanish) are all park ranger trained with years of experience guiding fully narrated tours on the island. They have a wealth of knowledge about the history, cultures, geography, wildlife and botany of Hawaii.
Wasabi Tours Hawaii proudly supports the sustainable tourism tenets of the Sustainable Tourism of Hawaii Association. In accordance with these values they maintain an ongoing commitment in the areas of environmental preservation, interpretive training for staff, and guest relationship management.
They have been in business since 2006 and strive to create tours that allow guests not only discover highlights of the island, but also to explore off the beaten paths. They receive consistent stellar reviews both for the content of their tours and for their tour guides, and we are confident you will be in capable hands with them.
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